Remembering Hurricane Katrina victims and survivors, actress Sandra Bullock visited New Orleans in honor of the grand opening of a local high school’s $700,000 health clinic.
It’s been five years since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock, 46, spoke at Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans in memory of all who were lost and affected.
“We’re here to celebrate an anniversary and though that might be hard for some, I choose to emphasize the word ‘celebrate,’” she told the high school, including Mayor Mitch Landrieu, in the auditorium. “Sometimes tragedies bring out the very best in people and it’s one of the reasons why we stand in this school of excellence today.”
According to People magazine, Sandra “donated money to help rebuild the school and to open a student health clinic.”
“I have seen nothing but unimaginable kindness, perseverance and hope right in this room here,” said the winner of the MTV Movie Awards’ ”The Generation Award.” “It gives me great pleasure to be in the company of these people who have actually made the difference. They did the hard work, they are here sitting before you.
These young adults have seen the very worst, and they are committed to the very best. They are our future leaders. I would like to thank the students who step up to the plate and do the hardest work. I didn’t do it in high school, and it makes me so incredibly proud.”
Furthermore, the Associated Press reports that the “medical and dental clinic received grants from The Kellogg Foundation and The San Francisco 49ers Foundation. It’s set to open in the fall and will provide services ranging from flu shots to emergency care.”
New Orleans is also the hometown of Sandra’s adored 8-month-old son Louis Bardo. She just recently finalized his adoption in The Big Easy.